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USAID Awards $50 Million to Plan International to Improve Health Care in Northern Uganda

August 30, 2012
Plan International USA will lead a multi-year collaborative effort to improve health systems in 15 districts in Northern Uganda. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Plan and its partners a $50 million grant to:
  • Increase the availability of quality health services at the community level; and
  • Strengthen systems for effective and sustainable delivery of quality health services

"The award reflects USAID’s commitment to Uganda and its trust in Plan to improve the quality of and access to health care for marginalized groups -- such as women and girls, children, and people living with HIV and AIDS -- in some of the most remote and hard-to-reach communities of Northern Uganda,” said Tessie San Martin, President and CEO of Plan International USA.

The grant will fund a community-led initiative that will combine expertise in high impact health services delivery, technical innovations, and best practices in health systems strengthening with proven methods of community engagement. This creates a dynamic community-owned health system that responds to the unique needs of the people of Northern Uganda. The foundation of the project approach is that strong communities are capable of participating more fully in the determination of their own needs and priorities, and that community engagement leads to lasting and positive change.

Plan International USA will lead a strategic partnership to implement the USAID-funded project over a five-year period. Primary partners include:

  • Plan International  –one of the oldest and largest children's development organizations in the world. Plan works in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia, and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.

  • IntraHealth International –a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating sustainable and accessible health care by strengthening the capacity of health workers and health systems. Utilizing state-of-the-art tools and approaches, IntraHealth addresses critical health system challenges linked to planning, preparing, and supporting the health care workforce in meeting priority health service needs.
  • Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) –the oldest public health school in the United States, founded in 1912. SPHTM brings together seven academic departments to improve the health of populations worldwide through strengthening health systems, building stronger communities, and facilitating healthy behaviors.
  • Communication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU) –an organization specializing in strategic behavioral change communications for health and development in Uganda. CDFU has experience utilizing community mobilization, interpersonal communication, and mass media to promote change at the individual and community levels. 
  • The AIDS Support Organization –one of the largest indigenous non-governmental organizations providing HIV/AIDS services in Uganda and Africa. It cares for more than 100,000 people annually through HIV counseling, medical care as well as social support.
  • Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations –a university-wide center for the study of nonprofit organizations and civil society. The Hauser Center seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about the leadership of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations through the key goals of research, education, and practice.


 Noel Apeti September 19, 2012 5:31 AM
Thank you on behalf of many people in northern uganda..this is what they need.May God bless you abandantly.
 jeniffer September 19, 2012 5:36 AM
well ,thanks for this information.i am a physiotherapist working in nothern my line of service included?

 Jimmy May 30, 2013 6:47 AM
welcome aboard am delighted with wonderful start ,i work
to see u doing your best to alliviate the lives of those infected and affected by HIV/Aids. Thanks JIm